‘The Exorcist’ Pilot Shouts “Beetlejuice” for Geena Davis

     March 7, 2016


Two things that are so hot right now in the TV landscape are horror series and movie-to-TV adaptations. Perhaps that’s why Fox green lit a pilot for a series based on The Exorcist. As prospective fans ponder whether or not this is a good idea, the latest update might sway a few of them to the pro side.

The network announced Geena Davis in the role of Angela Rance, described as “naturally beautiful, regal and proud but weighed down by stress.” According to Fox:

Angela Rance does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong.


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Should it be picked up to series, Davis will continue as a series regular. The actress joins Ben Daniels as Father Marcus, an “intense holy warrior,” and Alfonso Herrera as Father Tomas, described as “selfless and compassionate.” Hannah Kasulka and Brianne Howey will play Angela’s children, Casey and Charlotte, with Angela believing Charlotte is under the influence of demonic forces.

Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) wrote the pilot, “a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.” Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will direct.

Two of Davis’ standout performances stem from the horror genre — Beetlejuice and The Fly — though perhaps we shouldn’t be too eager to see this take on The Exorcist get off the ground just yet. Starz’s Ash vs. The Evil Dead is one of the more successful of the movie-to-TV sub-genre and perhaps is more telling of any predicted success this Fox series might have. But, so far these adaptations have yielded a handful of successful titles, such as 12 Monkeys on Syfy and Limitless on CBS. Plenty more are on the way, with Damien another horror example, so we’ll see if there’s at least interest from audiences.